The Detroit Lions beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 30-17 in a preseason game on Sunday and it exposed the players’ chances of making the roster for the 2016 NFL season. NFL rumors allude to Stevan Ridley being cut by the Lions before the season begins.
Michael Rothstein from his mailbag article speculated that Ridley could be cut in favor of Zach Zenner, who is getting more playing time in preparation for the new NFL season.
“I wasn’t there last night, but it was pretty surprising to me to see it. There’s a bunch of reasons for it. The coaching staff might have wanted to get a longer look at Zach Zenner, who has far less experience than Stevan Ridley,” Rothstein stated.
“Ridley might legitimately be behind Zenner on the depth chart as well, although the two have been splitting reps from what I’ve noted during camp. I think both end up making the roster, but if Zenner continues to get reps before Ridley, that definitively puts Ridley on the roster bubble.”
The 27-year-old Ridley is a veteran already with experiences with the New England Patriots from 2011 to 2014 and New York Jets last season.
Meanwhile, Zenner will enter his second season with the Lions after he was undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft and got injured just six games into his rookie year.
In the preseason game against the Steelers, Zenner carried the ball seven times and produced 24 rushing yards. Jake Rudock and Theo Riddick carried four times each and had 20 and 15 rushing yards. Meanwhile, Ridley had five carries for 14 rushing yards.
The Lions face the Cincinnati Bengals, Baltimore Ravens and Buffalo Bills in their preseason schedule then opens the new NFL season against the Indianapolis Colts on September 11.
If Zenner makes the team, he will come back from a dangerous lung and ribs injury he suffered in an October game last season.
Zenner played just six games in his rookie year with 60 rushing yards on 17 attempts.
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